A recent agreement by the governments of Missouri and Kansas to end their economic development border war was cheered across the country, including in this recent piece in The Hill. Specifically, the two states agreed no longer to use economic development subsidies to lure employers back and forth across state line — at least in the Kansas City metro area. And while the precedent is welcome, there was always reason to be skeptical. Now there are signs of its collapse.The Kansas City region is unlike many in the United States in that the metropolitan area is divided almost exactly in half by the state line. The older and more urban part of the region, Kansas City, sits in Missouri. The newer and more suburban post-war developments rest in Kansas. So the traditional urban-suburban economic wars seen across the country have an additional component: State interests. According to the Hall Family Foundation, the two states spent $335 million in the past decade trading employers only to … [Read more...] about Is the Missouri-Kansas border war truce already falling apart?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri reached an agreement Sunday with Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers’ once-proud football program, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, making Appalachian State’s successful coach the second-youngest in a Power Five conference. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being drawn up and the school had not made an announcement. Drinkwitz was also being pursued by SEC rival Arkansas for its head-coaching vacancy. Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said he wanted to move swiftly in hiring a replacement for Barry Odom, the former player and assistant coach who went 25-25 in four seasons leading the program. Odom was fired after the Tigers finished an underwhelming 6-6, which would have been good enough for a bowl berth had the school not been slapped with a postseason ban by the NCAA following an incident involving a rogue tutor. Drinkwitz will inherit a program that … [Read more...] about Missouri Tigers hiring Appalachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz, AP source says
Jermall Charlo celebrates after defending the WBC Middleweight Championship with TKO in seventh round against contender Dennis Hogan during a boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis) less Jermall Charlo celebrates after defending the WBC Middleweight Championship with TKO in seventh round against contender Dennis Hogan during a boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Vera ... more Photo: Vera Nieuwenhuis, Associated Press Photo: Vera Nieuwenhuis, Associated Press Image 1 of / 20 Caption Close Image 1 of 20 Jermall Charlo celebrates after defending the WBC Middleweight Championship with TKO in seventh round against contender Dennis Hogan during a boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis) less … [Read more...] about Jermall Charlo shows off his power with TKO win over Dennis Hogan
The states of Missouri and Kansas recently made history by agreeing to no longer pay companies to hop back and forth across the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It’s the first such legally binding deal between two states in U.S. history. It also strikes at a left-right consensus that could save tens of billions of dollars for vital public services. This idea should be adopted more widely. Since 2010, the Show-Me and Sunflower states have wasted $335 million paying companies in the K.C. metropolitan area to merely change their employees’ commuting routes. Worse than zero-sum, this is a net-loss game: One state loses its tax base, the other state abates its tax base, and every other local employer gets stuck with higher taxes and less money for schools, infrastructure and other public services. At the heart of this is what Good Jobs First — a Washington, D.C.-based corporate welfare watchdog — calls “interstate job fraud.” … [Read more...] about The left and right agree to end taxpayer-funded job wars in Midwest
Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Talk about a crude awakening! You were not dreaming earlier this week when you saw a spike in gas prices. South Florida gas stations and stations across the Sunshine State saw a jump of an average of about 15 cents, according to the American Automobile Association. “Since early February, gasoline demand has been steadily increasing while stocks have been gradually decreasing causing more expensive pump prices across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is most motorists are not paying more than they were a year ago to fill up.” The national gas price average stands at $2.54, 23-cents more than last month. AAA says the national gas price average the past four days was identical or a penny more expensive year-over-year. Another reason for the price increase is the fact that summer-blend gasoline is hitting the market. This blend requires more … [Read more...] about Crude Awakening: Prices Surge At The Pump